Elliott Evans has been in the cast of Back to the Future the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End since August this year as Ensemble and Alternate Marty McFly (sharing the role with principal Ben Joyce), with the show currently booking until July 2024. Prior to opening in Back to the Future the Musical, Elliott was starring as Eugene in Eugenius! at The Turbine Theatre, and his other projects have included playing Jack at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells in their pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk, and he played Kyle in KIN the Musical at Factory Playhouse Hitchin. Whilst training at The Urdang Academy, Elliott played Charlie Price in Kinky Boots and Adam in Children of Eden, and he graduated last year. We spoke to Elliott about being Alternate Marty McFly in Back to the Future the Musical, what it’s like being in the cast at the Adelphi Theatre and his time as Eugene in Eugenius! at The Turbine Theatre.
How did you feel finding out you’d booked the role of Alternate Marty McFly in Back to the Future the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End?
I was over the moon, it’s a role I feel lucky to play.
What was it like making your debut in the role and how is it seeing the audience response to the production?
I didn’t know what to expect. I felt excited and nervous but I couldn’t wait!
What is Marty McFly like to play and was there anything that drew you to the character?
Playing Marty McFly is exhilarating and challenging but a lot of fun! I auditioned last year for the role but didn’t get the part. I worked hard as I knew it was something I was right for and was excited to get asked to audition again.
How was it rehearsing for the musical and do you have a favourite song to perform?
The rehearsal process was a challenge as I rehearsed as Marty before I rehearsed for my ensemble part. This I was grateful for, as it meant I was ready to play the part when we debuted the 2023 cast.
What is the show like to be part of and how is it working alongside the rest of the cast?
The show is full of exciting moments that I will never get bored of! The cast make this show even more exciting to be a part of as I have gained a lot of experience.
What are you looking forward to most for continuing your run in Back to the Future the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre and why would you recommend booking tickets?
Seeing the success of the show grow even more and reaching new audiences. The show has a bit of everything for everyone.
You recently starred as Eugene in Eugenius! at The Turbine Theatre, how much did you know about the show before auditioning and how did the run go?
I had the best time playing Eugene in Eugenius!. I knew of the show as I had seen the run at The Other Palace. I had also sung the songs during my training at The Urdang Academy.
How did you find the experience playing the lead role of Eugene and how was it getting into costume/character?
It was challenging but an incredible experience. I felt I could bring a youthful energy to the role.
Do you have any favourite highlights from your time in the musical that you can tell us about?
Our opening night was electric! We had so much support and got to speak to all the audience members after the show. I will never forget the buzz!
Last year, you played Jack in Assembly Hall Theatre’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk in Tunbridge Wells, how was this?
I had an incredible Christmas with an amazing cast. I got to sing some great pop songs and climb a beanstalk!
What was it like playing Kyle in KIN the Musical at the Factory Playhouse Hitchin?
I felt very lucky to work on a new musical in development. The cast and team were so supportive as it was one of my first jobs out of training. The show is epic!
How was it graduating from The Urdang Academy last year, and how was your time training there?
I am very grateful for my time at the Urdang Academy. I gained a lot of knowledge and training that has helped get me to where I am today. The quality of training is amazing.
Can you tell us about playing Charlie Price in Kinky Boots and Adam in Children of Eden whilst a student at The Urdang Academy?
I got the pleasure of playing Adam in Children of Eden during second year and then Charlie in Kinky Boots in my third year production. Charlie was a dream to play as I had sung the songs from the show throughout training.
How did you get into acting and was it something you always wanted to do?
I didn’t get into acting until I was 16. I never thought it was something I would do, however, I have always enjoyed singing.
What are some of your favourite theatre shows to watch and which would you like to see that you haven’t done so as yet?
I love Wicked and FROZEN. I want to see The Time Traveller’s Wife and The Little Big Things. The story and music for both shows look incredible.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy writing music, love sports and enjoy cooking.
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